Forecast: Still some green, hopefully less

Experts are predicting that the harmful algal bloom in Lake Erie this summer will be smaller than last year’s, which was the third-largest ever recorded, but will be larger than the mild bloom in 2016. The bloom is expected to measure 6 on the severity index, but could range between 5 and 7.5, according to a forecast issued yesterday by a team of scientists including from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program.

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Thursday night at Stone Lab: SENR’s big 5-0; improving urban water quality

Tonight in Stone Lab’s guest lecture series, Jeff Sharp, director of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), will present “50 Years of Environmental and Natural Resource Education at The Ohio State University: Looking to the Next 50” (he speaks in the video above); and Rachel Gabor, assistant professor with SENR, will discuss “Watersheds and Sewersheds: Identifying Controls on Water Quality in Urban Environments.” Admission is free and open to the public. Find out more.

Stone Lab, part of CFAES, is located at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie.

SENR is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Algae forecast to be announced July 12

Last year’s Lake Erie algal bloom was the third-largest on record, according to scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Ohio Sea Grant, a program based at Ohio State.

So how are things looking for this summer?

On July 12, CFAES’s Stone Lab, shown here, located at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie, will host a media briefing at which NOAA experts will announce their forecast. Get details and find links to register to attend in person and by webinar. (Photo: Lisa Rice, Ohio Sea Grant.)

Thursday: Observing, aiding Lake Erie

June 28’s program in Stone Lab’s annual summer Guest Lecture Series features the executive director of the National Ocean Service’s Great Lakes Observing System and the western Lake Erie project director for The Nature Conservancy in Ohio. Find out more.

Stone Lab, part of CFAES, is located at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie.

Yes, there’s giant hogweed in Ohio (in some places): What to know and how to spot it

Giant hogweed, the nasty invasive plant that’s currently in the news — experts discovered it for the first time in Virginia recently — has been found in scattered places in Ohio for a number of years, especially in Ashtabula County in the state’s far northeastern corner.

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Bee Culture editor to speak Wednesday

The 2018 webinar series by CFAES’s Bee Lab continues at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, with a talk called “Ethics in Beekeeping.” Speaking will be Kim Flottum, the editor of Medina-based Bee Culture magazine and the author of The Backyard Beekeeper and Better Beekeeping, among others.

It’s free to watch; use the “Guest Login” at 8:55 a.m.

Learn more. (Photo: iStock.)